Orangetheory Fitness

Have you heard of Orangetheory Fitness?  I feel like it’s the hot new workout as locations are popping up left and right all around the country.  I actually first did an Orangetheory class back in 2012 in Arizona.  As I was looking at my old recap post, I was laughing because I ended it by saying, “Now if only St. Louis could get an Orangetheory Fitness…”  Haha, I guess good things really do come to those who wait!

Anyway, my younger brother Justin and his wife Dana periodically do Orangetheory classes in Austin, and it was their idea to take a class as a family when they were in town over Thanksgiving.  All my siblings and I went on Friday, and it was a fantastic way to work up a sweat after our big meal the night before!

family orangetheory workout

Stephanie, me, Justin, Dana, Amy, & Jason

Orangetheory Fitness claims that they’re the best one-hour workout in the country by saying, “We are Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept that has been named one of the best workouts in the world. This one-of-a-kind workout is divided into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, designed for maximum energy and calorie burn. Our trainers guide you through a 60-minute workout using treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension training™ and free weights, to tone and strengthen your body.”

You have your choice of starting on the treadmill or the rowing machine.  Because of arriving on the later side, all of the treadmills were already taken when we arrived, so we started on the rowing machine.  It was an eight minute segment where we alternated rowing 200 meters then doing 50 bicycle crunches, then rowing 300 meters with 40 bicycle crunches, and 400 meters and 30 bicycle crunches.

The other group remained on the treadmills while we moved over to the strength training portion.  There were two different supersets.  We used the Bosu ball, dumbbells, and our own bodyweight.  One of the exercises included doing plank taps.

orangetheory taps

My body certainly felt it the following days!

Everyone wears a heart rate monitor during the workout.  Your weight is plugged in ahead of time and everyone’s name is displayed on a screen. There are different colors which relate to how hard you’re working and what your heart rate is.  It’s pretty neat and a different way to train!  It’s also an awesome way to push yourself because your heart rate doesn’t lie!

Once we finished the strength training portion, it was time for the two groups to switch places.  We headed to the treadmills and chose if we were going to be a power walker, jogger, or sprinter.  (You can see the chart for the recommendations in my old post.)  I decided on a jogger, but had to power walk at times in order to catch my breath.  I am so out of shape!

orangetheory run

It lasted 25 minutes and was filled with intervals, hills, and active recovery periods.  The instructor coached us through the entire thing and told us how and when to change the incline or pace on our treadmills.

I wish I could have started on the treadmill because I found that portion a lot more challenging.  Next time I’ll know (and I won’t arrive so last minute!).

The instructor explains your workout summary when the class finishes.  The screen displays a lot of information including how much time you spent time you spent in each zone.  You want your bars to form a pyramid – looks like I was right on target!

orangetheory summary

When we were finished stretching and the room was clear, Stephanie and I went back in so she could snap some photos that I could use in this post.  Well, little Audrey who waited so patiently throughout the class wanted to do some yoga with her favorite person.  I happily obliged as we downward dogged together.

orangetheory downward dog

Have you tried Orangetheory Fitness?  Does this type of workout interest you?

11 thoughts on “Orangetheory Fitness

    • you’d love it! i haven’t tried grit cycle before, and i’m not the hugest fan of pilates, but it’s been awhile since i’ve tried a class!

    • you have to try it! one of the great things about it is that it can be tailored to any fitness level – the instructors are great and walk you through the entire class! go for it, girl!

    • It will remind you of CrossFit with the daily WODs, with a bit more cardio involved. Typically a bit lighter weights (OTF doesn’t majorly focus on Olympic lifts, from my experience), but you will likely still enjoy the workouts if you enjoy CrossFit. The heart rate monitor is a GREAT add though. Good luck! 🙂

      • AGREED!! we used 8-12 pound dumbbells (per the instructor’s recommendation) so the weight selection is definitely a lot different from CrossFit, but I agree that there are many similarities! must try! first class is free, too! 🙂

  1. Love the idea to do a family workout! We went on some walks/runs together as a family, but definitely were not as active as an OTF class!

    I’d love to look back on my original OTF post (I think ~a year ago -ish.) While I didn’t sign up (timing didn’t work out class-wise), I loved the overall workout.

    Thanks for the reminder to get my booty to the gym today!

    • I wish I had time to go to the gym today…. or at all this week lol I need to start doing at home workouts more! I love being active, in any way, as a family! 🙂

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